Love and Grief Explored in U.S. Premiere of Death and the Ploughman, Directed by Anne Bogart, Nov. 3-Dec. 12 in NYC

News   Love and Grief Explored in U.S. Premiere of Death and the Ploughman, Directed by Anne Bogart, Nov. 3-Dec. 12 in NYC
Classic Stage Company launches its 37th season Nov. 3 with the Manhattan premiere of the SITI Company production of Johannes von Saaz's 1401 German play, Death and the Ploughman, directed by Anne Bogart.

Opening is Nov. 10 at Classic Stage Company on East 13th Street. Performances continue to Dec. 12.

"Bogart and her internationally-acclaimed SITI Company will take audiences on a mystical journey from the depths of the underworld to the vaults of heaven as a simple ploughman, maddened by the loss of his wife, accosts Death and forces him to explain his purpose," according to production notes. "What ensues is a memorable journey of discovery, healing and transformation."

The cast of Death and the Ploughman features Will Bond, Ellen Lauren and Stephen Webber — all veterans of SITI works.

Designers are James Schuette (sets and costumes), Brian H. Scott (lighting) and Darron West (sound).

This is the first production of Death and the Ploughman to play in the United States, according to CSC. The SITI staging premiered earlier this year in Columbus, OH, according to the SITI website. Bogart is the artistic director of SITI Company, which she founded with Japanese director Tadashi Suzuki in 1992.  She is a recipient of two Obie Awards, a Bessie Award, a Guggenheim as well as a Rockefeller Fellowship and is an associate professor at Columbia University where she runs the Graduate Directing Program. Recent works with SITI include A Midsummer Night's Dream; La Dispute; Score; bobrauschenbergamerica; Room; War of the Worlds; Cabin Pressure; The Radio Play; Alice's Adventures; Culture of Desire; Bob; Going, Going, Gone; Small Lives/Big Dreams; The Medium; Noel Coward's Hay Fever and Private Lives; August Strindberg's Miss Julie; and Charles Mee's Orestes.

The SITI company is known for its bold use of movement and scenic design to tell stories on stage. American realism is not the norm for the company, which draws on international artists, techniques and styles. SITI Company is "an ensemble based theatre company" with a mission "to create bold new productions; to perform and tour these productions nationally and internationally; to train together consistently; to train theatre professionals and students in an approach to acting and collaboration that forges unique and highly disciplined artists for the theatre; and, to create opportunities for artistic dialogue and cultural exchange."

Founded in 1992, SITI Company "began as an agreement to redefine and revitalize contemporary theatre in the United States through an emphasis on international cultural exchange and collaboration. Originally envisioned as a summer institute in Saratoga Springs, New York, SITI expanded to encompass a year-round company based in New York City with a summer season in Saratoga.  The Company is known nationally and internationally as a top level artistic collective that generates groundbreaking theatre while training artists from around the world."

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Classic Stage Company is the Off-Broadway not-for-profit devoted to works that might be considered "classics." Brian Kulick is artistic director.

Death and the Ploughman will play Tuesday through Saturdays at 8 PM; with matinees Saturdays at 2 PM and Sundays at 3 PM. There are no performances scheduled for Nov. 24 and Nov. 25.  There will be special added performance on Dec. 12 at 7 PM and student matinees Nov. 17 and Dec. 1 at 1 PM.

Tickets for Death and the Ploughman are $15 $50.

For membership information, call the theatre's box office at (212) 677-4210, ext. 13, visit the theatre in person at 136 E. 13th Street, or order online at

For single ticket information to Death and the Ploughman, call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200, visit the theatre or order online at


According to its mission, CSC "believes the works of the past are meaningful, relevant, and indeed essential to the world of today. Taking the broadest view of what constitutes a classic, Classic Stage Company explores the literature of many periods and diverse cultures.  Celebrating the living impulses that make classic stories endure, Classic Stage Company creates vibrant contemporary theater that speaks vividly and directly to today, allowing audiences to understand in striking new ways how the shared human experience resonates across time."


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